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Modelling the socio-technological multi-level architecture of the energy system and its transformation

Duration: 01 June 2019–31 May 2022

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Research proposal

The research project MoMeEnT aims to model the different levels of the complex socio-technological system of energy supply using multi-agent approaches - in such a way that the dynamic interdependencies and non-linear interactions within and between the technological and social modules can be mapped, recorded and analysed.

The Technology Studies Group is working on the sub-project "Interdependent socio-technological modelling for the transformation of the multi-level energy supply system" together with the Institute for Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics (ie³). In this project, the technical focus is placed on the imminent expansion of future supply systems, caused, among other things, by sector coupling. However, electric vehicles, photovoltaic roof systems and heat pumps as examples of new components and mechanisms should not only be considered from a purely technical point of view. Their impact on grid operation also strongly depends on the individual decisions and behaviour of the actors (e.g. households) - which in turn are influenced by their resources (e.g., financial, social or cognitive) and external incentives (e.g., subsidies). It is precisely this consideration of the subjective dimension as well as the consideration of heterogeneous individual situations that are the essential factors that set the planned multi-level modelling apart from previous, purely technical models.

This will enable conclusions to be drawn about possible scenarios and possible approaches for transforming the energy system into one based on renewable sources and identifying starting points for its design and, where appropriate, its optimisation.

Project partner

Altogether, three teams are working on the project to investigate different dimensions of the transformation of the energy supply and later integrate them into a single, interdisciplinary model.

Interdependent Socio-technological Modelling of the Energy Supply’s Multi-level Transformation

Modelling Demand and Supply Dynamics in Socio-technological Energy Systems

Social and Technological Modelling of Interdependencies for Efficient Integration of Industry into Energy Supply


Location & approach

Exit 13 (Kreuz Dortmund Nord-Ost), direction Derne/Schwerte (B236), 1st exit direction Dortmund-Eving, next traffic lights turn right (Kemminghauser Str.), after 2.7km turn left (Evinger Str./B 54), after 1.1km traffic lights turn left (Deutsche Straße), after 500m on the left is the Evinger Platz.

From the Bundesstraße 1 (extension A40 or A44) to the intersection B1/B236 direction Lünen, 3rd exit direction Dortmund-Eving.

Exit Dortmund Hafen, turn left until the intersection Münsterstraße (B54), direction Eving, after about three kilometers turn into Deutsche Straße.

You can download an enlarged general map here

From Dortmund Airport, it takes just about 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by subway (U-Bahn) 41. The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station. From there, you can get directly to Dortmund Central Station.

From Dortmund Central Station, take the U 41 light rail (direction Brambauer / Brechten). The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". The Minister Stein Center is located on the right in the direction of travel of the streetcar.

You can find an overview map here.